HISTORY OF PERSIA CHAP. vingt pas de distance, il y avoit douze Chevaux des plus beaux de F&urie du Roi, six de chaque c6t6, couverts de harnois les plus superbes & magnifiques qu'on puisse voir au monde. Quatre harnois 6toient d'Emeraudes, deux de Rubis, deux de pierres de couleur melees avec des Diamans, deux autres 6toient d'Or 6maille & deux autres de fin Or lisse. ... A trente pas des Chevaux, il y avoit des BŁtes farouches dressŁes a combattre centre des jeunes Taureaux. Deux Lions, un Tygre, et un Leopard, attachez, & chacun 6tendu sur un grand Tapis cT&arlate, la tete tournŁe vers le Palais." 1 During his long reign Sulayman received many embassies, and among the most brilliant was one from France, whose ambassador termed himself " General and Ambassador from the Great King of Europe." He also continued the tradition of the family at Meshed, and repaired the golden dome which had been damaged by an earthquake, mentioned by Chardin. In commemoration of this pious deed an inscription may be read, dated A.H. 1086 (1676), in which he refers to himself as cc The Reviver of the ancient ruins of his Ancestors.*'2 The Musalla, or " Place of Prayer," outside Meshed was also constructed in this reign. The main arch is decorated with a long quotation from the Koran in white letters on a blue background, and on each side near the ground are ten lines of an inscription with yellow letters on a blue ground.3 The building is striking even in its decay. The Accession of Shah Sultan Husayn, A.H. 1105 (1694). —It is stated that when Sulayman lay on his deathbed he said to his,eunuch advisers, "If you wish for ease, elevate Husayn Mirza ; if you desire the glory of Persia, Abbas Mirza" Needless to say> the former son was chosen, and upon his accession he proved a mixture of meekness and piety, qualities as much out of place as in the case of Edward the Confessor, his English prototype. He was also noted for his uxoriousness. The piety of Husayn, translated into action, placed mullas and eunuchs in the 1 Vol. iii. p. 219. 2 Historical Mates, etc., p. 1137. 3 Ibid. p. 1153.